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HARWICH — Property owners made it clear to selectmen Monday night that the time is not right to place additional taxes on rental units. Selectmen were weighing a couple of draft warrant articles for the annual town meeting warrant that could have increased rental taxes by 2 to 5 percent, but decided to table the proposal for now and take it up again at a later time. Room rental and home rental taxes here are c...

The Monomoy Regional School District launched a pooled COVID-19 testing program this week, designed to identify spread of the disease among students and teachers who show no symptoms. But as of Tuesday, only about half of the school population had agreed to be tested. Superintendent of Schools Scott Carpenter said more permission slips are being received each day, and he hopes by the end of the four-week poole...

Monomoy Boys Reach Final But Fall To CCA

By: Brad Joyal

HARWICH – Even during normal times, high school basketball seasons quickly pass by for the players, coaches and officials involved. This year, considering all of the high school athletic seasons were shortened due to COVID-19, the basketball season seemed to go by especially fast. It even seemed quick for the teams that played the longest, such as the Monomoy boys basketball squad, which advanced all the way t...

Nauset Girls' Title Hopes Thwarted By Falmouth

By: Brad Joyal

FALMOUTH – The Nauset Regional High School girls basketball team had two goals for this season: win every game and finish the season with a Cape and Islands League Atlantic Tournament title. In the end, Falmouth got in the way of both goals. The second-seeded Warriors’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion, as they fell to the top-seeded Clippers 49-45 in the Cape and Islands Atlantic Tournament championshi...

FALMOUTH – No team wants to see their season end with a loss. However, for the Cape Cod Furies, a co-op hockey team comprised of girls from Monomoy, Nauset and Cape Cod Tech, plenty of room for optimism remains after advancing to the Cape and Islands League Tournament semifinal. Despite the fact the Furies’ season ended Saturday with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Falmouth in the league tournament semifinals, Addie ...

Nature Connection: Finding Comfort In A Place

By: Mary Richmond

When we first saw our house 37 years ago, it was about this time of year. It was a traditional Cape built in 1929 and occupied by only one family all that time. We fell in love instantly. There were old lilacs and many trees even with the tiny lot. The house itself was old and very small, rundown and in need of a lot of work. We didn’t care. It was in a neighborhood I had played in many times as a child, was with...

Cape Rep Theatre Restores And Transforms Historic Crosby Barn

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, with support from the community and the state, is in the midst of transforming the property's historic Crosby Barn from a storage space for scenery and props into a fully restored performance space which will double as a venue for rehearsal, classes and community events.  The Crosby Barn, the final building on the Cape Rep campus to be renovated, was built in 1889 by one of Brewst...

Brian Porter still recalls how he felt when he began his first job in the boatbuilding shop at Arey’s Pond Boat Yard while he was attending Nauset Regional High School. “I was like, ‘This is awesome. It’s like woodshop all day and I’m getting paid for it,’” recalls Porter, who also spent a couple of his teenage years interning for the now defunct Pleasant Bay Boat and Spar Company in his hometown of Orleans. “...

Our View: More Work Needed On 'Mansion Tax'

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The so-called “mansion tax” proposed in Chatham is an innovative way to fund affordable and attainable housing, but it needs much more discussion and refinement before it goes before voters at the annual town meeting set for June 12. A one-half of one percent surcharge on real estate sales of more than $2 million, the fee would provide a steady stream of revenue to complement other sources, including property ...

Letters To The Editor: March 4, 2021

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Readers

Proud Of The Port/Ember Team Editor: In response to your article on The Port and Ember (“Selectmen To Conduct Hearings On Port And Ember Liquor Licenses,” Feb. 18), I would like to give a first hand account of how we responded to COVID rules and regulations this year. I have worked at The Port/Ember for the past 10 years, and both restaurants operate as a family. We care about one another and work hard y...

On March 14, it will be one year since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed on Cape Cod. Three days later, Gov. Charlie Baker shut down schools and all but essential businesses statewide. How well are we coping? Do we need to find additional help? The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force and MassSupport Network sponsored a livestreamed forum, “Season of Change, Coping During COVID,” on Feb. 24. People may...

ORLEANS — Is the Governor Prence Inn property the hill affordable housing advocates want to die on? In a joint meeting Tuesday night, the affordable housing committee and affordable housing trust board considered what advice to give the select board the following evening about acquiring the parcel for housing and other uses. By March 15, the select board must decide whether to ask this spring’s town meeting ...

ORLEANS — The town charter lays out how the town works – but is it working for everyone? Every seven years, a charter review committee takes a look at the document (readable and searchable at ecode360.com/14345881). Under the chairmanship of former selectman Jon Fuller, the current committee is determined to reach out not only to department heads, elected officials, and appointed board members but also to th...

ORLEANS — With a structural deficit no longer looming in next fiscal year’s budget, the select board considered last week what programs and services could be added back into the spending plan. A projected unused tax levy capacity of $640,000 allowed the board to develop a list of potential additions ranging from increased hours for a part-time video technician to creation of a part-time recreation coordinato...

Barbara Ann Daly

By: Contributed

Barbara Ann Daly, 95, passed away on February 10th. She was the daughter of Jesse and Viola Walsh. She was raised in Belmont. She was predeceased by her siblings Jacqueline Kiley and Jesse Walsh Jr, and survived by her brother Whitney Walsh of Florida. She married Thomas Daly, also of Belmont, on June 5, 1948. They were married for 35 years before he died in 1983. After Tom served in World War II, they raised a f...

Dr. Charles Osgood Parker

By: Contributed

Dr. Charles Osgood Parker of Harwich died on February 10, 2021, after living a healthy and productive 101 years. He lived in his home overlooking Long Pond, with his beloved wife of 75 years, Loraine Whiteford Parker.  Charles was born in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn on November 11, 1919, the son of Horatio and Amabel (Rogers) Parker.  He was predeceased by his older sisters, Alice Case and Helen Saunders, and h...